Former Clinton Advisor Urges New Israel Fund Donors To Stop Hurting Israel


The UJA remains silent about the fact that Alisa Doctoroff, the President of UJA-Federation, is a NIF donor. Doctoroff is actively working against the Jewish State. Why is she still there? Donors must withdraw their support until these perfidious Jews are purged.

The bi-partisan campaign against The New Israel Fund continued today, with an op-ed in David Horowitz’s Front Page Magazine by Hank Sheinkopf and Ronn Torossian. Sheinkopf is a Democratic strategist who formerly worked for President Bill Clinton. He is a mouthpiece for the left in the national media – yet on this issue he is perfectly right.  There is no sane Jew – no sane Israel supporter – who can dare to support the terrible people of the New Israel Fund.

Their oped was right on, and I cite: “.. we also know that sometimes language can be used in a harmful manner.  those who support boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) are simply anti-Israel. 

To suggest otherwise is a lie. At the 2014 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised actress Scarlett Johansson for her decision to continue representing Israeli carbonated beverage company SodaStream.  Johansson stepped down as a global ambassador for the human rights group Oxfam International after being criticized for supporting this Israeli business.

“Everyone should know what the letters B-D-S really stand for: bigotry, dishonesty, and shame. And those who oppose BDS, like Scarlett Johansson, they should be applauded,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

I join them in saying, “…we urge anyone affiliated with the New Israel Fund (NIF) to stop supporting this organization financially.  These extremists – amongst many other activities — openly support BDS, as is reflected on their website. “

The Birthright Israel program some months ago cut all ties with the New Israel Fund.

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As Stephanie Ives, the NIF’s New York regional director, wrote  “Birthright Israel NEXT [which keeps in touch with Birthright alumni by hosting trips and reunions] has determined that it can no longer partner with NIF in any way, because we seek to influence policy in Israel, and they have a rule against partnership with organizations that seek to influence policies in Israel or the United States; and… Birthright Israel decided to cancel a number of the New York UJA trips because of recruitment concerns.”


Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, a watchdog group said, the NIF “seeks to do more than ‘influence Israeli policy’ – on central issues, their unelected officials seek to impose their opinions on the Israeli democratic process.

“For example, as NGO Monitor research shows, members of the NIF NGO network, including Adalah, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Yesh Din and others use their budgets to bombard the UN, the European Union, journalists, academics and others with false allegations of ‘wars crimes’ and ‘apartheid.’ In this context, the precedent set by Birthright is important and might encourage other Jewish and Israel-related organizations to examine NIF’s disproportionate impact.”

The UJA remains silent about the fact that Alisa Doctoroff, the President of UJA-Federation is a NIF donor.


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